Top 50 Most Cited Articles About OAB: A Bibliometric Analysis

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      To identify key articles about overactive bladder (OAB) using citation number and bibliometric analysis.


      We searched for articles in the Web of Science Core Collection between 1900 and 2022 using terms specific to OAB. We identified relevant OAB articles and selected the top 50 most cited. A bibliometric analysis was performed to collect and analyze data about authorship, title, publication year, total citations, journal, journal impact factor, country, institution, study type, citation index, conflict of interest (COI), and conclusions.


      A total of 12,200 records were identified. The top 50 most cited articles were published between 1997 and 2015 in nine countries, across over 30 different institutions, and in 19 journals. The country, institution, and journal which produced the greatest number of articles were the USA, Southmead General Hospital in England, and BJU International, respectively. The mean number of citations per article was 365.66. Observational studies and clinical trials were the most common. Most articles were published in 2006 and were sponsored. The most cited article also had the most citations per year. This study is limited by using a single database and a single parameter as a proxy for paper importance.


      Bibliometric analyses are an important resource for clinicians to understand the body of knowledge of OAB by identifying landmark papers. This objective approach to literature review can facilitate future research and scholarly efforts.
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